Mexican authorities have announced the capture of a top Gulf Cartel lieutenant outside a Reynosa restaurant over the weekend.
Eduardo “El Negro” Flores Borrego, 40, was arrested late Friday night by members of Mexico’s Federal Police after a lengthy intelligence operation, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
Authorities also arrested Jose Alfredo “El Arlin” Guerrero Villalpando, 40, and Hector Enrique “El Chisqueado” Zapata Escamilla, the release said.
Police had tracked the three men to a restaurant in the Las Fuentes neighborhood where they were getting ready to get into a black pickup and a small sedan.
Police stormed the area and subdued the three suspects.
A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Tamaulipas stated that El Negro is the brother of Samuel “Metro-3” Flores Borrego, the right-hand man of Gulf Cartel leader Eduardo “El Cos” Costilla. The source said El Negro was in charge of a Gulf Cartel strike team.
Information released by Mexican Federal Police stated that El Negro was the leader of a group of 32 hitmen who had been tied to numerous confrontations and executions of members of the Zetas criminal organization. El Negro’s group is also accused of various murder-for-hire operations, authorities said.
El Negro and his associates were turned over to Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.
During Friday’s confrontation, police also reported seizing two AK-47 assault rifles, one M-4 assault rifle, one grenade, a white Nissan Sentra, a Black Ford Lobo, more than a dozen ammunition magazines, about 400 ammunition rounds, and a number of communication devices.